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Theo James expected to star as George Michael in new film

Callum Jones

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Theo James expected to star as George Michael in new film

Actor Theo James has been tipped to play George Michael in a biopic about the English singer songwriter.

Since starring in the popular comedy drama The White Lotus, James has shot to fame, making him one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood at the moment.

In The White Lotus, James plays Cameron, starring alongside F. Murray Abraham, Jennifer Coolidge, Adam DiMarco and Tom Hollander.

But James' next role may be very different as he is tipped to be play the Wham! singer George Michael in an £85m ($104m) biopic.

George Michael's family have been convinced about a biopic due to the success of other singer's films. Credit: Antonio Pagano / Alamy Stock Photo
George Michael's family have been convinced about a biopic due to the success of other singer's films. Credit: Antonio Pagano / Alamy Stock Photo

The film about Michael has been endorsed by the singer's family after the success of other recent music biopics about Elton John and Queen's Freddie Mercury.

According to the Daily Mail's insiders, the film is in the final stages of development, with it following the late singer's rise with Wham!, to his later days and successful solo career.

Apparently, Michael's drug addiction and scandals will also be covered in the film - including the singer being caught soliciting for sex in a public toilet.

Michael's drug addiction was well documented before he died in 2016, including an arrest in 2008 for using crack cocaine in a public toilet.

Speaking of the biopic, a source told the paper: "The script is in the final stages and producers are looking for their leading man.

"Theo's name is the one on everyone's lips. He would be perfect for the part. This is George's story, warts and all."

LADbible has contacted Theo James' representatives for comment.

But it seems as though James is well up for the role, as he confirmed his interest in it last week.

Telling a US TV show, James said: "Oh yeah, I would love that. He is an icon. He is a bit Greek and I am a bit Greek."

Like James said, the two both have Greek heritage - with the actor's real name being Theodore Taptiklis.

Theo James confirmed his interest in the role last week. Credit: Alexi / Alamy Stock Photo
Theo James confirmed his interest in the role last week. Credit: Alexi / Alamy Stock Photo

Meanwhile, Michael was born as Georgios Panayiotou - so there is a nice connection there.

While he may be interested in the George Michael biopic, James has ruled himself out from the running to become the next James Bond.

Appearing on SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show with Julia Cunningham, James said: "You know, I honestly think with the, I’m a big fan of, of this, the concept of it. And I love, you know, Casino Royale.

"I love some of the Sean Connery movies, but I think they need to do something else.

"Do you know what I mean? They need to really go with a, a reinvention of it in a different way and that wouldn’t be me."

Featured Image Credit: lev radin / Antonio Pagano / Alamy

Topics: TV and Film, Celebrity, Music

Callum Jones
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